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October, 2017

  • 1 October

    Thinktank calls Du30 tax package as Train to nowhere

    Among the hype the Department of Finance (DOF) uses regarding the government’s tax reform package is how taxes paid by the poor will go back to them in the form of infrastructure projects and social services. The reality however is that the taxes will go largely to big-ticket infrastructure projects in and around the National Capital Region (NCR) that the …

September, 2017

  • 24 September

    House blinks

    As we write this piece, media reported that the House of Representatives has partially restored the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) budget for 2018.

  • 24 September

    The Senate fluke

    By Jun Ledesma I find it rather odd that tattoos and bank deposits will have any relevance to the Senate investigation on a P6.4-billion drug shipment, part of which had been recovered in Bulacan. Odder still is the attempt of Senator Antonio Trillanes to impute that (Davao City) Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and brod-in-law Mans Carpio have influence over …

  • 24 September

    Sustainable goals, Paris pact pushed at WEF forum

    The World Economic Forum recently held its inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit, positioned as a platform to help advance public-private cooperation – and harness the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on climate change.

  • 3 September

    UBER’S P500 million lesson in humility

    One by one, mousy, inconsequential and oft-ridiculed government agencies are stepping up and are finally flexing hitherto unused regulatory muscle. 

  • 1 September

    Duterte backs FDA thrusts

    It looks like the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) remains as the only agency in the government health sector that can weather the onslaught of controversies. It will be recalled that the Department of Health (DoH), the mother agency, has been besieged with issues which held the confirmation of Secretary Paulyn Ubial by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) hostage. 

August, 2017

  • 20 August

    The home we carry in a bowl of ‘ginataang bilo-bilo’

    No special occasion, really. A few spoonful at a time for dessert or as a second breakfast would be it, though I like it mixed with fruits, cereal and wheat bran, cold, for breakfast, concocting a new taste, which, while signaling the satiation of a longed-for flavor and an affirmation that the home we carry remains lodged within, also hints …

  • 13 August

    The many ways Filipinos express emotions

    My sister came home once with the news of how her boss heard his daughter’s first laughter on his cell phone, and howgarakgak , an Iluko word, instantly came to her mind; but could she tell her boss how this actually describes the sound that thrilled him? How a baby’s laughter first cracks like a branch and screeches with heaves …

  • 13 August

    Queen of Philippine chocolate spreads ‘tablea’ to the world

    At the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting, guests and delegates were treated to a live demonstration of making cacao de bola, which is chocolate in its purest form by tablea maker Racquel Choa, who is known as the “Queen of Chocolate”.

  • 13 August

    ‘Nagmamahal Meralco’ launched to counter ‘sweetheart’ power deals

    Civil society organizations and consumers from the Power for People Coalition (P4P) who petitioned against Meralco’s Power Supply Agreements launched “Nagmamahal, Meralco “, a campaign contesting the company’s sweetheart deals with companies powered by dirty and costly energy.